GraduatesThere are moments in life that mark a transition. A time to change. Often, it means that a person gains a new definition of who they are. Sometimes these moments come out of the blue. Life happens! But the most meaningful changes can be the ones that a person chooses for themselves. Like going back to school.

“I want to thank Steve Schwab for providing us with the tool of education, which is the way to keep growing as a person.”

Lady Rivera, Beach Homes Manager, 2016 Graduate

Sea Side Reservations in Rocky Point, Mexico, recently welcomed its first graduating class to receive their High School equivalency, or GED. The group of six were the pioneers in a program to assist employees and their families put in the work to attain this important certification.

“First of all I want to thank Sea Side Reservations for all their support and time, thanks to Sea Side I was able to finish my high school degree”.

Dayana Arrayales

Sea Side University is where employees sharpen their on-the-job skills. “With all of the training we are already doing, we thought maybe we could offer something extra that our people might want” says Pilar Iturralde. Pilar is the Director of Education for Sea Side University.

“Thank you for pushing me to be a better person, and giving me the tools to do so.”

Danna Rojas, 2016 Graduate

Finding the time to juggle classes and homework, along with a full life, is a real challenge. Sea Side does its part by paying for books, as well as being the liaison with Mexico’s Board of Education. Making sure that their work as a student is properly documented is an important step that can be a daunting task for an adult learner on their own. A number of Sea Side employees, for example, have a High School diploma from the United States. Going through Sea Side University is often the most convenient alternative to obtaining credentials in Mexico.

“I have been with this company for a long time” says 2016 graduate Antonio Camacho. “ I have had both my children born and grown knowing me as a Sea Side Reservations team member. I was hired even without my diploma.” Antonio values personally, and professionally, this assistance with his continuing education. “I have worked very hard to get where I am, and I know there are many other things that I can still accomplish. This has been one step that I needed.”

“People respond to different styles of learning” says Pilar. “We try to take advantage of that at Sea Side University. And we know that when people accomplish something like this through their own hard work, it means a lot more to them.”

The New GED Program is just beginning. Look for more graduates in the months and years to come. It is just one of a number of innovative benefits the company is known for. Seaside is a leader in applying technology, training, and responsive customer relations, as well as having a presence in the local community through the Mexico Children’s Foundation, where kids with critical health care needs and their families can find the support they need.

“Thanks to Sea Side University for their dedication and patience when they explained and taught math to me” says Yaneth Meza, a Manager at Sea Side. “Believe it or not, to have a small idea of what they were talking about helped me to get all those numbers inside my head. For the first time I didn’t feel so bad when looking at my math guide. I really appreciate being part of the Sea Side Family and I appreciate all the opportunities.”

“I would like to thank Sea Side Reservations and Sea Side University for dedicating the time to answer all of my questions and ease my doubts during my testing. Thanks for helping me study, which helped me finish my High School GED. I’m thankful for the dedication that was spent, along with all of those communications to the Education Department requesting the tests, guides, payments options, among other things. I also really want to thank Erika, General Manager, because, even though she does not want acknowledgement, it is thanks to her that we have so many benefits and support in this company. Thank you very much for giving me this great opportunity. Very thankful”

Laura Sockert, 2016 Graduate

Congratulations to the 2016 graduates of the Sea Side University GED program – Laura Zockert, Danna Rojas, Lady Rivera, Yaneth Meza, Antonio Camacho and Dayana Arrayale.